Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (R)
Anchor Bay Entertainment
In an alternate universe where evildoers like Jason, Freddy and Michael exist, supernatural psychos have some heady goals to live up to. One man wants to become the next great one, and his name is Leslie Vernon. With a documentary camera crew in tow, you can go behind the scenes to find out what it takes to become a legendary boogeyman, detailed in a darkly comic way that'll get as many laughs as it does scares. Behind the Mask is one of the most original horror films of the past few years, taking all the horror conventions that we've come to know and turning them on their head in a completely logical fashion. Fans of Shaun of the Dead will particularly love this.
Ghost Rider: Extended Cut (PG -13)
Sony Home Entertainment
A demon-possessed stuntman with a flaming skull for a head speeds through the desert on his satanically pimped-out motorcycle, slaying various demons with a magically infused chain and shotgun along the way. Every aspect of Ghost Rider is as comic-booky as you can get, from the stilted dialogue to the obviously fake sets. And it's about time that a comic book film was made that didn't feel like it had to be an epic of sorts! There'll be two versions of this released, but go for the extended cut, with 15-plus minutes of new footage, five different commentaries and numerous documentaries about the making and history of Ghost Rider. Hold on tight and be careful not to get singed.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (PG)
If you doubt just how far-reaching the control of oil interests is right now, watch this DVD (which includes deleted scenes, a music video and other info) and be silenced. That California passed an ordinance forcing a zero-emission car back in the mid-'90s is awesome; that a few so-called leaders eventually folded a decade later and allowed an entire fleet of perfectly performing vehicles to be rounded up and destroyed is unforgivable. The electric car was a short-lived dream, and this is the eulogy. Director Chris Paine allows a handful of Hollywood celebs (the only folks who seemed to be able to afford the cars) to voice their woes in this moving, depressing film. You'll almost cry over these wheels.